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Patch Work

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You got holes, we got hose (connected to compressor)



This is a common view in Indonesia, a tire patching shop at your service, practically available in every corner on every street.

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“Tambal Ban” (Tire patching shop), not always this big…



I realize that this is not a common view in other country; at least not in countries I’ve been to. Honestly, I’m not even sure that they have the same service in Japan. If there’s a leak, they simply replace the inner tube or the whole tire.



On another note, for 2.5 years of using bicycle in Japan, I can’t recall having a flat tires due to leak. Interesting.

What about in your country? Do you have patching service?



*Malabar, Bandung, Indonesia



10 responses

  1. I’ve never seen anything like that in the UK. Its quite a good idea :)

    July 24, 2012 at 19:25

    • It’s good idea if you can make profit, I guess.
      The price comparison between patch work and a new tire can be about 1:10 here…

      July 24, 2012 at 19:53

      • And that makes it worthwhile I guess. I’ve no idea about the ratio here as I don’t have a bike :D

        July 26, 2012 at 19:51

        • If it’s worthwhile… start the business, Mike :D…

          July 26, 2012 at 20:26

  2. we have similar places in India, though cycles are not as common as in Japan or Indonesia..

    July 26, 2012 at 23:47

    • Well, this is not only for bicycle’s tires… they also do patch works for motorbike, cars, even trucks :D… The principle and tools required are basically the same.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:25

  3. We have so many of vulcanizing shops such as the ones above in the Philippines that you need not go far to have a tire fixed.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:29

    • Vulcanizing? Wow… so, not just patching the inner-tube or tubeless tire? That’s very interesting…

      July 31, 2012 at 16:57

  4. Judging by the first picture above, the methods are the same, namely the use of heat and bonding compounds, and of course homemade tools.They are commonly called vulcanizing shops over here.

    August 7, 2012 at 13:56

    • Ahhh… now I understand. Yes, that’s pretty much the same. When I first read vulcanizing process, I thought you were referring to the vulcanization of the tire threads and stuff… Okay, got it! :D…

      August 7, 2012 at 14:06

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